Three of the most beautiful temples in China, Japan and South Korea

Check out these temples in China, Japan and South Korea!

Today we want to introduce three of the most beautiful (Buddhist) temples in China, Japan and South Korea. You don’t have to be religious to enjoy the intricate architecture, still nature and sculptures, so if you’re a person who loves to go on hikes and visit Buddhist sites, then those locations are for you.


Kiyomizu-dera 清水寺 (Japan)

temples in china, japan and south korea

Founded during the Heian period, this temple is famous for the fact that not a single nail was used in its construction. The name meaning Clear Water or Pure Water, this is one of Japan’s most famous Buddhist temples and also one of the UNESCO world heritage sites.


Nanshan Temple 南山寺 (China)

temples in china, japan and south korea

The temple is located in Sanya, Hainan and was recently built in 1988, to celebrate 2000 years of Buddhism in China. I included it in this list because of its beautiful location looking out to the open sea. It is a great place to feel tranquillity and enjoy nature’s beauty and calm (event though it can get a bit touristy at times).


Tongdosa Temple 통도사 (South Korea)

temples in china, japan and south korea

Known as one of the three jewel temples of Korean Buddhism, this temple complex located in Mount Chiseosan, near Yangsan city is a sight to behold. The famous aspect of this temple is that there are no Buddha statues outside, all of them are located in beautifully arranged pagodas and shrines.



Visiting some Buddhist, Daoist or Shinto temples should be a must-do on your cultural exploration agenda if you visit East Asia. Beautiful to behold and a very calming, I can only recommend visiting some shrines here and there, even if you don’t like religion or spirituality. And while you’re at it, why not express your love for these cultures with some art t-shirts with motifs from China, Japan or Korea? 🙂 If you like this little microblog and our t-shirts, follow us on social media and subscribe to our newsletter. Take care!